Google gets vocal with mobile navigation service
Google Maps in Android 2.0 mobile devices comes with voice guidance and auto re-routing
Google is bringing all the benefits of a GPS navigation system such as 3D views, audio guidance and auto re-routing to its new Google Maps Navigation service.
Still in its beta phase, the Google Maps Navigation will initially only be available on the new Motorola Droid in the United States but will be expanded to more Android 2.0 phones in the future.
The news might not bode well for GPS navigation system providers like Garmin and TomTom that also have mobile solutions, as well as Nokia that serves up its Ovi Maps for free in over 180 countries.
Google says its product, unlike most navigation systems, "was built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone's Internet connection" with a range of features including real-time updates on maps and business listings, the ability to search by voice, real-time traffic data and searching for multiple stops along a single route.
It's a top feature for Motorola's Droid launching through Verizon Wireless next week, which sports a 3.7" touchscreen display, WiFi and 3G connectivity and a 5 megapixel camera along with all the Google goodies.